An extraordinary claim

4. One-in-six people work in the global fashion industry.

These workers include everyone from leather tanners who assemble cheap shoes, fabric dyers, and seamstresses to the cotton-pickers who gather the bolls to be spun into fiber.

A billion and a bit people work in the fashion industry?

Naah.

Bollocks.

7 comments on “An extraordinary claim

  1. Leather tanners don’t assemble shoes, cheap or expensive, they, errr, tan leather in tanneries.

  2. Right Tim N

    So, according to the article, no problem getting Fernando Alonso’s autograph for me.

    I run a service and consultancy company. We work with every imaginable sector for the Tax Authority and a Tourist Agency in the public sector, trhough electricity giants and logistics to myriad widget makers of different sizes and different stuff: No brothels yet.

    So we count in every sector.

    Can’t be bothered to check who made the film that impacted the dearie so.

  3. “We” could use this sort of thing to our advantage:

    You can’t close down the High-Frequency Trading companies, because that would affect billions of people’s livelihoods!

    Off the top of my head, I can think of:

    . everyone in the fashion industry (the dealers have to wear clothes, presumably they like to look fashionable.)

    . everyone in the car industry (those Ferrari’s don’t build themselves), so including the aluminium and iron ore miners, smelters, fabricators, oil for plastics and fuel etc, metal bashers, designers

    . everyone in the computer and electronics industries, so including copper and gold miners, rare earth miners, semiconductor manufacturers, the builders of the fab plants, programmers, etc

    . ad infinitum, ad nauseam 🙂

    The video I, Pencil explains how the modern economy has to consist of individual specialists working together to produce even a simple item.

  4. From the article: “These fast fashion giants largely leave working conditions up to the individual factories they contract with. ”

    I can’t talk for the garment industry but in footwear the big brands are terrified of being outed as abusing workers in sweatshops and have very strict ethical guidelines that they audit themselves. The factories will always have the rules that they most follow regarding the treatment of their employees prominently displayed in English and the local language so the workers know what their rights are and to whom they can complain.

  5. Well, Tim, are you counting the farmers who grow vegetables that sweatshop workers eat? And the folks who sell fertilizer to those farmers? And the employees of all the mining and chemical companies that produce the raw materials for making that very fertilizer? You seem to be disregarding vast swaths of the global fashion industry.

  6. I could believe that: one in six people work in the fashion industry – the other five in six just ponce around on catwalks or at cocktail parties.

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